Local councils now take a less direct role in housing provision with some of the responsibility taken up by housing associations and private providers. Planning consent for housing developments in Scotland sometimes depends on the provision of affordable housing. Housing associations now account for nearly 40 per cent of public sector rented housing.
Teacher-led discussion could direct students to consider the social impact(s) of councils taking a less direct role in housing provision. Encourage students to think about other areas that have seen a reduction in state involvement? Where does responsibility now lie and what effect has this had on social inequality?